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PG-tips Issue 1

Come read our round up of the latest news and tips from the wonderful world of photography

Pro Gallery new site news round up

Prices to suit you

One of the most exciting new things about our new Pro Gallery service is the option to set individual price plans for different collections. So for example, you might want to charge more for your corporate work than for shooting a friend’s wedding. Easy, you just set your prices per collection.

You could even decide on different price plans from the same photo shoot by uploading your photos into multiple collections. Likewise, you can have collections for purely panoramic or square prints by only making panoramic or square print products available, so nobody buys cropped photo prints of your work. You can easily update your price plan to benefit from this great new option by logging into your account and going to the prices section. Simple!

See our What’s new page for more new Pro Gallery features and discuss them on our blog. If you need assistance see our FAQ section.

The all new Pro Gallery

The all new Pro Gallery


Featured photographer

Damian Gillie

Damian Gillie

© Damian Gillie

Damian specialises in architectural and industrial photography. He enthusiastically says, ‘What I really like about being a photographer is the mask it lets me wear and the ticket to places it gives me access to.’

‘A photographer stands apart in a crowd, part invisible, part feared, part respected, part disregarded, but always central to what’s happening around them.
I love to be in this situation, observing and being given the freedom to be different.’

‘A good commercial photographer should always be able to put his or her client in a good light’

Without photography he claims, ‘I would never have been to Oman, been on an oil rig, had tea with the Archbishop of Canterbury, gone down the deepest mine in Africa, up an electricity pylon, flown first-class, watched close-up brain surgery, flown along the trans-Alaskan pipeline, spent 3 days in a Whisky distillery, or swum with turtles in Barbados.’ He even met his wife through photography, so really feels it has formed and informed his whole life.

His advice for someone starting up is to be positive, to be yourself, and be seen by as many people as possible. ‘With digital there is the perception of a level playing field where anyone can take a picture and the technology can cure all if things aren’t up to scratch. So it’s easy to underestimate the skills required. A good commercial photographer should always be able to put his or her client in a good light, put the subject in a good light, work fast and efficiently, and come away with the right product.’ He firmly believes that if you have the ability, character and perseverance you will succeed.

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Moments that matter

PhotoBox is proud to sponsor the Renaissance Photography Prize 2009, a charity dedicated to helping young people with Breast Cancer. This year’s overall theme is Moments That Matter, with PhotoBox sponsoring the ‘Moments of Emotion’ category, the winner of which is shown right. Congratulations go to all the winners. This year’s entries have been really inspiring and we’re looking forward to doing all the photo printing for the forthcoming exhibition in March. Celebrity judges Martin Parr, Eamonn McCabe, Charlie Waite and Brigette Lardinois have certainly had their work cut out. See all the winning entries and details on how you can do your bit for the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care on the Renaissance website.

Photobox and Renaissance

© Renaissance.


Don’t miss it

Check out what’s on now

Time to focus

Time to focus

© Focus on Imaging

Europe’s biggest annual imaging show is back at the Birmingham NEC the month from 22nd-25th February. Anyone who’s a regular at the show will already be aware that Focus on Imaging is a great way to find out about new product launches, enjoy inspiring seminars, and get great advice from those in the know. This year is the 20th anniversary of the show and so it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Well worth making time for! See site for details.

Famous five


From 'Laykillers' © James Pogson

The end of January saw the launch of exciting work by five worthy winners of the Jerwood Photography Awards 2008. This year’s star young graduates are: Martina Lindqvist, Alice Myers, James Pogson, Kurt Tong and Nicky Walsh. Catch the exhibition until 29th March at Bradford’s Impressions Gallery. Pictured right is a taste of what’s on offer in the form of one of James Pogson’s technicolour portrait shots, designed to highlight assertiveness in his subjects.


Gear, gadgets & goodies

New ideas & classics you won’t want to be without

Lovegrove learning

Following on from the huge success of his last two DVDs, Damien Lovegrove has just launched another two really helpful discs entitled ‘The Big Day the Lovegrove Way’ and ‘Lighting Winter Weddings’. They’re both packed full of great advice, making them well worth their £75 price tags. You can also save £20 if you buy the two together. For aspiring wedding photographers, wanting to know how to get it right every time, these discs are a must buy. Well done Damien, clear and inspiring as ever.

Lovegrove DVD

© Lovegrove

All white now

Want your camera to stand out from the crowd, take a look at this tempting little number. Pentax has launched a limited-edition of its 10.2 megapixel K-m digital SLR in brilliant white. If you fancy getting your hands on one you better act quickly as only 100 are destined for the UK. With plenty of pixels, a 2.7” screen, lightweight body and newly designed control system, it’s certainly not a case of style over substance.

Pentax K-m
    digital SLR

© Pentax

Our whats on section

Exhibitions & events
Jerwood Photography Awards 2008, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, until 29th March

A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Guardian Photography, The Lowry, Manchester, until 1st March 2009

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008, Natural History Museum, London, until 26th April

Recollections by Philip Jones Griffiths, Conservation Centre, Liverpool, until 15th March

Fresh M.I.L.K, deadline extended until 28th February

Fujifilm Student Awards 2009, deadline 28th February

British Council Living Together Competition, deadline March

Linhof Young photographer Award, deadline 31st March

Perrot Photographic Awards 2009, deadline 4th March

Nature, People & the Railway Path, deadline 31st May

Snap! 2009, Mencap’s photo and film competition, deadline 9th March

Fashion Chapter 3, deadline 28th February

Sharrow Photographic Competition, deadline for digital entries 6th May

Just published

Creative courses
Portrait Course, Mango Photography, Bristol, 9th March

Digital Landscape Photography, Colin Prior, Perthshire, 10th - 12th April

Practical Introduction to Wildlife Photography, Experience Seminars, London Wetlands Centre, 11th March

Oz Kharawala Portraits for Profit Workshop, Cardiff, 12th March

Digital SLR, Digital Camera & Photography Courses, Leicestershire, 21st & 22nd March

Photography tips

1. Feeling reflective

Try building up a series of self-portraits using reflective surfaces whenever you see them.

2. Light ideas

Experiment with different light sources such as candlelight, firelight, tungsten light to give a different feel to your photos.

3. Impressive patterns

A telephoto lens can help accentuate repeating patterns and it compresses what it sees giving greater impact to the pattern.

Media mentions

Photobox has always proved the quickest online lab in our tests, with prints consistently being delivered the very next morning - even for large-volume orders placed as late as 4pm.
PC Plus

I reckon that tying in with Facebook will considerably expand the usefulness of Photobox’s services by allowing users to import their Facebook photos directly to Photobox and vice versa.
Tech Digest

Photobox is also blisteringly fast, with next-day delivery for print orders placed up until 4pm.

There are many book-making services available online, but one of my favourites is offered by Photobox.
Amateur Photographer




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